Dean McBride

A native of Gladstone, McBride played 24 seasons of highly competitive Senior AAA baseball in Manitoba. He played 22 seasons in the MSBL, 11 with the Neepawa Farmers and 11 with the Brandon Cloverleafs. He also played two seasons with the Elmwood Giants of the Red Boine League. In the MSBL, McBride had a lifetime batting average of .371. He was Rookie of the Year in 1988, batting champion in 1990, and play-off MVP in 1997. He was a 15 time all star and was selected to the League’s 40th anniversary all time all star team. In his short stay in the Red Boine League, McBride was a batting champion, a home run leader, and an MVP. He played on Manitoba’s 1989 Canada Summer Games team and competed for Manitoba in ten Senior National tournaments.

Armin Gitzel

Armin Gitzel was an outstanding pitcher, outfielder, infielder, hitter, and base runner. He was a key force on the Miami team that won six consecutive Provincial championships from 1952 through to 1957. He continued his Senior playing career in the South Central Border League with the Carman Cardinals through 1961 and then with Graysville’s league championship teams of 1962 and 1963. A highlight for Gitzel was leading Carman to a league championship against Plum Coulee in 1957. In the final game he struck out 15 batters and also smashed a long home run. For many years he was prominent in the tournaments in rural communities such as Fannystelle, St. Claude, Treherne, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Carman, and Morden.

Greg Cameron

Greg Cameron achieved early success in baseball when he was a member of the Souris Little League team that won the 1961 Manitoba championship. As a Juvenile in 1967, Cameron captained the team from Souris that won the Western Canadian title. The next year he joined the Souris Senior Cardinals and the team won the MSBL pennant. He went on to play a total of 12 more years of Senior ball with Souris and Riverside. He played in four Canadian Senior AAA championships. After retiring, Cameron turned to coaching minor ball in Boissevain. In 1994, he co-coached the Oil Dome Pee Wee All Stars to a Manitoba title. This earned them a trip to Nationals in North Bay, Ontario. Cameron has also convened several provincial championship tournaments in Boissivain and currently acts as announcer and scorekeeper for the Senior Boissevain Centennials.

Bruce Stehpens

As both a player and a builder, Bruce Stephens belongs in the Hall of Fame. He was part of his hometown Cardale’s 1968 Manitoba and Western Canadian Midget champion. In 1972, he was on Manitoba’s Junior representative at Nationals. That same year, he was a rookie and the all star catcher in the MSBL with Binscarth Orioles, who were both League and Provincial champions. In 1973, Stephens moved to Deloraine. For many seasons he played for and coached the Royals of the South West League. He was a perennial all star as well as five time League batting champion. His Royals won the 1983 Western Canadian title. While playing, Stephens also coached minor ball. He led Deloraine’s first Provincial championship Pee Wee team. He represented Manitoba at Westerns and Nationals ten times as a player or coach. He also served Baseball Manitoba as Treasurer and for many years as a coaching clinician.